November 8, 2020
In the wee, early hours of Sunday, November 8th, Eula (Mary) departed this earthly plain in the company of Angels, for Heavenly peace and comfort. Mary Eula Jane Paterson was born April 26th, 1925, in a modest house in West Vancouver, to a Scottish immigrant and his Irish Protestant wife.
Eula (Mary) grew up and lived in West Vancouver, eventually working as a teletype for the telegraph office in downtown Vancouver, until she met her future….none other than William Konoski from Kenora, who happened to be stationed with the army in Vancouver. And so, the great adventure began. Travelling by train, east through the Rockies, Eula (Mary) began her life in Northwestern Ontario as not only a wife and mother, but also as an office clerk for the town office. She often felt like she had not only moved from British Columbia to another province, but seemingly to another country, namely the Ukraine. Her new husband and neighbourhood were faithfully immersed in the Ukrainain culture and language, which were totally foreign to her. It was quite a unique experience along with teaching her new husband how to drive. Once William established the Family business, Riteway Decorators, Eula became the secretary, book keeper and answering service for many a decade afterwards.
Eula had a sweet, quiet, gentle and kind nature and delighted in babies, small children and animals. She loved watching the birds at the kitchen window feeder, along with the many generations of squirrels (Percy and Friskella…just to name a few), chipmunks and even the odd bear. It was easy to make her crack a smile or chuckle, her sense of humour was always intact. Eula was never a complainer, even though she suffered throughout her life with severe migraines, heartache, and eventually an aging, arthritic body. She was lucky enough to have stayed in her own home with the help of Donna, Dennis and family most of the time, until this past June.
Eula (Mary) loved her children and grandsons dearly.
She leaves to mourn, her four children; Dennis, Donna (& Reid), Dianne (& Kerry) and Dean (& Tamara), along with her five grandsons; Logan (&Ashley), Bailey, Bryce (& Sam), Liam and Gavin (&Kristin). Family grieving on the West coast are Eula’s nephews; Brian, Gerry (&Carol) and Keith Mitchell along with Larry Foreman and nieces Sandra Locklear and Marcie Felt.
With heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all the Home Care workers, nurses and Doctors on the 2nd floor who cared for and made Eula’s stay and last days there more bearable. Also, thank you to Ken at Alcock Funeral Home for all your help and compassion.
Condolences may be sent to Alcock Funeral Home. Donations to Lake of the Woods Hospital or Dogs Life in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.
A family gathering may be held next spring.
"If only You and I could see
How beautiful Heaven is sure to be,
We’d bow our heads in thankful prayer,
For now our Dear, Dear Mother, is resting there. "